Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny

Mark Kenny is Fairfax Media's chief political correspondent. A director of the National Press Club, he regularly appears on the ABC's Insiders, Sky News Agenda, and Ten's Meet the Press. He has reported from Canberra under three prime ministers and several opposition leaders.

Argument over AFP role ugly but necessary

Mark Kenny The Abbott government's reaction was too strident to be fully convincing, even if the rapid resumption of political point-scoring was jarring to Australians.

Ageing population need not be a drain: thinktank

Mark Kenny Australia's demographic time-bomb in which an ever-growing proportion of older people rely on welfare, is not inevitable and need not be the threat to prosperity widely predicted, according to new...

Bali nine executions: Canberra and Jakarta's diplomatic relations on hold

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addresses the media after the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Mark Kenny and David Wroe The attention-grabbing freeze of diplomatic relations between Canberra and Jakarta is likely to last weeks rather than months as both sides insulate vital trade and security ties.

Bali 9 executions: Cold comfort in Australia-Indonesia diplomatic deep freeze

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Mark Kenny Twenty months on, many Australians will be questioning what that neat piece of diplomatic flirtation was worth.

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Bali nine: Indonesia's credibility is at stake with decision

Mark Kenny While Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are guilty of the offence for which they were surrendered by an unthinking Australian Federal Police, they have proved the judges' assessment of their human...

Homeless Diggers reveal Australia's double standards

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Mark Kenny As thousands of young Australians spend millions in their pilgrimage to Anzac Cove to honour diggers who died 100 years ago, an unknown number of more recent war veterans suffers silently among us,...

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen flags Labor intention to wind back negative gearing

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen.

Mark Kenny Middle Australia's runaway love affair with investment property could be shifted to the slow lane as Labor indicates it will alter negative gearing rules, if elected.

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Labor's crackdown on super tax breaks for wealthy is politically risky, but makes sense

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh.

Mark Kenny Tax concessions on super were designed to encourage people to save for retirement, not to allow the very wealthy to park their money out of reach of the taxman.

Rich to lose tax breaks on super-sized super under future Labor government

Bill Shorten says a future Labor government would wind back super tax concessions for the wealthy.

Mark Kenny Superannuation tax concessions for the wealthy would be wound back under a future Labor government as Bill Shorten seeks to position Labor as the party of fairness while also finding...

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COAG: Abbott urges cooperation but GST fire still burns

Come together: Prime Minister Tony Abbott told premiers they faced a rare opportunity.

Mark Kenny and Dan Harrison Tony Abbott has urged fractious state governments to leave political partisanship at the door for the next 12 to 16 months.

Older Australians say super too generous

An online survey shows that the majority of older Australians favour changes to superannuation concessions that will protect the less wealthy.

Mark Kenny Two thirds of older Australians want the government to curb overly generous superannuation tax concessions rather than adjust the taper rate for age pension eligibility, according to a new survey.

States spoiling for fight at COAG over schools, hospitals, and GST

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is expected to have a hostile reception at the Council of Australian Governments meeting.

Mark Kenny and Dan Harrison State premiers are spoiling for a fight with Tony Abbott when they gather on Friday for a meeting of the Council of Australian Governments meeting but the issue most want discussed is the...

AMA warns of hospital funding 'perfect storm' that will lengthen waiting lists

AMA president Brian Owler says 'public hospitals will never meet the targets set by governments' if the federal cuts go ahead.

Dan Harrison, Mark Kenny The Abbott government's funding cuts mean that patients will wait longer for treatment, doctors say.

Company tax cut for some fuels uncertainty for others

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Mark Kenny and Nassim Khadem Confusion over who will benefit from an amended company tax cut for smaller enterprises flagged by Prime Minister Tony Abbott threatens to deepen in the weeks leading up to next month's federal...

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East West Link: Tony Abbott lashes out over scrapping of project

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Mark Kenny Chief Political Correspondent Tony Abbott has left open the option of taking back nearly $1.5 billion in federal funding for the East West Link as he lashed out at the Victorian government, accusing it of "recklessly" destroying...

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Tony Abbott moves to reassure business and lay out his blueprint for growth

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will lay out his blueprint for growth in a speech on Wednesday.

Mark Kenny The Abbott government's second budget will set the course for a "nimble" five-pillar Australian economy, according to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and will contain new money for families and for small...

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Tony Abbott goes missing in action on GST

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Mark Kenny Few would accuse Tony Abbott of dodging conflict or of not being accountable for his beliefs. But this simply makes it more puzzling that he has abandoned the field on the admittedly thorny question...

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GST fight intensifies as figures show NSW would get $535m under WA plan

NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian.

Mark Kenny NSW would be the biggest immediate winner and Victoria among the serious losers if a West Australian proposal to freeze GST allocations at their present percentage levels is agreed amid an...

WA move over GST shortfall could clog up federalism: expert

West Australian Premier Colin Barnett.

Mark Kenny, Gareth Hutchens, Josh Gordon Western Australia could cause major problems for the Commonwealth if its Liberal Premier Colin Barnett goes through with a threat of so-called "disengagement", according one of Australia's most...

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Fairfax-Ipsos poll: Voters show politicians how to lead

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Mark Kenny Our politicians think there is no appetite in the community for tough reforms, but our latest poll shows they are underestimating voters.

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